Category: Dunwoody Reporter

New faces at local schools

Several schools in Reporter Newspapers communities have new leaders this year. Marist School starts the school year with a new president and a new principal. Father William Rowland was named president of the school and Kevin Mullally named principal earlier this year. Rowland had been serving as acting president prior to his appointment. Mullally started the 2017-18 school year as vice principal and academic dean and in the past had served as the dean of the faculty and assistant dean of students.               The Galloway School has a new head of school. James...

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Atlanta Jewish Academy sets enrollment record

Atlanta Jewish Academy attracted a record number of students for the 2018-19 school year, the school announced. The 675 students enrolled in the school this year represent 22 synagogues, 13 countries and 35 ZIP codes spanning Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and other areas of metro Atlanta, the school said. AJA was created by the 2014 merger of Yeshiva Atlanta High School and Greenfield Hebrew...

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Dunwoody Police seek suspects in break-in, highway crash

Dunwoody Police are seeking car break-in suspects who allegedly caused a two-vehicle crash on I-285 in the early morning hours of Sept. 20, sending two other drivers to the hospital. Police say they received a call around 2:45 a.m. about four teenage males breaking into an SUV in the parking deck at the Perimeter 31 apartments at 31 Perimeter Center East. Police officers from both Dunwoody and Sandy Springs responded and began searching for the suspects. Police then spotted a red 2012 Toyota Camry on Ashford-Dunwoody Road near the apartments “traveling at a high rate of speed,” according to...

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College counselors give advice on getting into your dream school

Fall doesn’t just mean football and colorful leaves. It’s also college application season, the time that high school seniors are rushing to pull together packets of information about themselves that will assure their admission into their perfect colleges. That’s a lot of pressure. So we thought we’d ask a three local experts for a little help. Here are their responses. Steve Frappier is director of college counseling at The Westminster Schools. He is a co-recipient of the National Association of College Admission Counseling’s 2018 Excellence in Education Award. Q: How do I decide what college is right for me?...

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Local mayors chosen to help elect new transit board

The mayors of Sandy Springs and Brookhaven have been selected to be part of a group that will elect board members to the new umbrella transit authority known as “The ATL.” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul was selected Aug. 29 to help elect the District 3 board member. Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst was chosen Sept. 10 to help elect the representative for District 5. “I’m excited about being part of the process that creates a truly regional transit system,” Paul said in a written statement. “It’s been decades in the making and will be decades more in achieving the...

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Dunwoody Police now participating in Yellow Dot safety program

The Dunwoody Police Department is now participating in the Yellow Dot safety program to provide first responders notice where they can obtain a resident’s medical history during an emergency. Residents can now pick up yellow dot kits at several locations in the city. The kits include a yellow, peach-shaped decal placed on the driver side rear window of a vehicle. The yellow dot informs first responders that medical information is stored in the glove compartment, according to a press release. Yellow dot stickers can also be placed at the entrance of a resident’s home informing first responders to look...

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Dunwoody mayor proclaims October as ‘Fine Art Month’

Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal issued a proclamation at the City Council’s Aug. 27 meeting proclaiming October as “Fine Art Month.” The proclamation recognizes the work done by the Dunwoody Fine Art Association, a local nonprofit that promotes fine art in the Dunwoody area and encourages artists to exhibit their art. The group also hosts lectures, workshops and exhibits. More information about the Dunwoody Fine Arts Association is at...

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Perimeter Progressives group calls it quits

Perimeter Progressives, one of several regional political groups that rose in the wake of President Trump’s election, is calling it quits. The group, which drew more than 100 residents and elected officials to its debut meeting in Dunwoody roughly 18 months ago, said in a Sept. 4 farewell statement that the competition since then made it unnecessary. “In the fullness of time as these groups have matured and sharpened their focus, we knew that some of us had overlapping goals,” said the statement posted on Facebook. “In order not to dilute the finite energy needed to reach the results...

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Dunwoody’s Kingswood United Methodist Church celebrates 50 years

Kingswood United Methodist Church celebrated 50 years of ministry on Sunday, Sept. 9, with a special worship service, including former pastors and charter members. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, leader of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, officiated and preached during the service. The church held its first worship service on Sept. 8, 1968, in a classroom in what was then Peachtree High School. The congregation was chartered with 76 members, eight of whom attended the Sept. 9 service. Before moving to its current location at the corner of Tilly Mill Road and North Peachtree Road in...

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Local legislators aim to prevent school shootings

Local legislators are leading an effort to come up with potential solutions to a problem receiving greater attention nationwide: school shootings. State Sens. John Albers, Kay Kirkpatrick and Fran Millar, Republicans who represent parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, are serving on a Senate committee meeting coming up with ideas for school safety improvements that will be presented in a report in December. The committee, which is chaired by Albers, has met at several schools across the state, kicking off with a June meeting at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs. Although school shootings have been...

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Developer gets more time to find Dunwoody Green tenants

Dunwoody’s Urban Redevelopment Agency voted Sept. 5 to a contract extension with Crim Development on its planned purchase of Dunwoody Green as the developer continues to seek tenants for the restaurant and retail space. Crim Development entered into an agreement Feb. 15 with the URA to purchase Dunwoody Green for $900,000. That agreement gave Crim Development six months to finalize its plans before closing on the deal in August. Economic Development Director Michael Starling said Crim Development requested an extension until Jan. 31, 2019, for more time to negotiate with tenants. Crim Development is seeking to construct 20,000 square...

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Community Survey: Should we change the school calendar?

Don’t mess with the school calendar. That was the message from respondents to the Reporter Newspapers’ latest community survey when asked about the possibility of year-round school and how best to handle snow days. The survey was conducted by via cellphones to 200 residents in Reporter Newspapers communities. The results are not scientific. Strong responses came from one simple question: Should metro Atlanta students go to school year-round, with shorter breaks spread through the year, rather than employ a school calendar with a long summer break? “No,” a 32-year-old Atlanta man replied. “That is balderdash.” Many agreed with...

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